Trump, Py­ongyang trade es­ca­lat­ing threats of ac­tion DPRK warns of pre­emp­tive strikes; US leader threat­ens ‘fire and fury’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

PY­ONGYANG — The Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea has warned of mak­ing pre­emp­tive strikes against the US military base of Guam in the Pa­cific, af­ter two US strate­gic bombers were sent again on Tues­day to the Korean Penin­sula to stage mock nu­clear bomb drop­pings on DPRK strate­gic tar­gets, the of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency said on Wed­nes­day.

This came on the same day when US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump threat­ened the DPRK with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if, he said, the DPRK does not stop mak­ing threats with nu­clear and mis­sile weapons.

China urged calm on Wed­nes­day, say­ing th­ese rhetorics could es­ca­late ten­sions on the Korean Penin­sula.

In a state­ment, the For­eign Min­istry calls on all par­ties to avoid any words or ac­tions that might es­ca­late ten­sions and make greater ef­forts to re­solve the is­sue via talks.

On Tues­day, the KCNA quoted a spokesman of the Strate­gic Force of the Korean Peo­ple’s Army as say­ing that DPRK top leader Kim Jongun has “rec­om­mended ex­am­i­na­tion of a pow­er­ful and ef­fec­tive ac­tion plan for con­tain­ing the US im­pe­ri­al­ists’ ag­gres­sion hard­ware, as the US forces are re­sort­ing to in­ap­pro­pri­ate and reck­less military ac­tions in the sen­si­tive area”.

“The KPA Strate­gic Force is now care­fully ex­am­in­ing the op­er­a­tional plan for mak­ing an en­velop­ing fire at the ar­eas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strate­gic bal­lis­tic rocket Hwa­song-12 in or­der to con­tain the US ma­jor military bases on Guam, in­clud­ing the An­der­son Air Force Base,” the spokesman said.

He said the US B-1B strate­gic bombers, which are based in Guam, are “getting on the nerves of the DPRK, threat­en­ing and black­mail­ing it through their fre­quent vis­its to the sky above the penin­sula.”

In an­other stern state­ment, an­other spokesman for the

(US B-1B strate­gic bombers are) getting on the nerves of the DPRK, threat­en­ing and black­mail­ing it.” Strate­gic Force of the Korean Peo­ple’s Army

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Gen­eral Staff of the KPA said on Tues­day that “the US warthirsty forces are en­grossed in war hys­te­ria with­out dis­cre­tion” and this would only bring a “mis­er­able end to the Amer­i­can Em­pire”.

“In the US, Trump is talk­ing rhetoric with­out he­si­ta­tion that ‘he will not rule out a war against the north rather than tak­ing a folded-arm ap­proach to­ward its de­vel­op­ment of long-range nu­clear mis­sile ad­vanc­ing with a rap- id speed,’ ” the KCNA quoted the spokesman as say­ing.

He said the US is pre­par­ing for an all-out war against the DPRK as it is mo­bi­liz­ing its army, navy, marines, air force and psy­cho­log­i­cal forces around the penin­sula.

“Un­der the pre­vail­ing grave sit­u­a­tion, the Gen­eral Staff of the KPA clar­i­fies at home and abroad its res­o­lute stand as fol­lows to mer­ci­lessly smash all sorts of military provo­ca­tion, be­ing planned by the US im­pe­ri­al­ist war­mon­gers,” he said.

The KPA will start re­tal­ia­tory op­er­a­tion “once a slight sign of the US provo­ca­tion schem­ing to dare carry out a be­head­ing op­er­a­tion against the supreme head­quar­ters of the Korean rev­o­lu­tion out of wild cal­cu­la­tion is de­tected”, said the spokesman.

The move also took place days af­ter the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil unan­i­mously adopted a res­o­lu­tion to re­in­force eco­nomic sanc­tions against the DPRK for its nu­clear and mis­sile pro­gram.

The DPRK has con­demned the res­o­lu­tion and vowed to fur­ther strengthen its nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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